SUMMER ROAD TRIP 2019

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  1. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    When you've got jumping and climbing natural equipment of a big kitteh, bus roofs aren't a problem. ;->

    Of course, it just gives one a nice, high platform from which to pepper the nasty critters with well-placed arrow shots... :D

    As for the firemen's museum, I'm shocked they only started keeping records on losses since 1981! :eek: :(

    Uwk
    who really, really, really prefers a nice, baking dry heat... ;->
  2. Geroblue Well-Known Member

    My self from another dimension comes in, loads my backups, and... ... Done.

    We chat about old times, that Empire thought it was tough. And he goes back to his Dimension. I never could understand that Galactic Overlord of A Dimension stuff, but he enjoys it.
  3. Cyrrena Well-Known Member

    Good Afternoon ROAD TRIPPERS!!!

    I am not sure I can out do Ttobey when writing about The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Picacho, Arizona, but I will give it a go. Besides the ostrich, are Miniature Sicilian Donkeys, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Fallow Deer, Pekin Ducks, “The Goat Penthouse” and the “Hole in the Wall Gang” featuring Boer Goats, and the all-time favorite Rainbow Lorikeets, St Croix Sheep, a new attraction called Stingray Bay featuring Cownose Stingrays, Parakeets, Bunnies from all over the world, and Diving Ducks. We were able to pet and touch all of the animals and feed all of them as well. I personally preferred the bunnies and the miniature donkeys. Sheep and goats, smell awful and I really do not care for birds, especially ones much larger than me. But overall its a great experience to be able to see all of these animals up close and to be able to touch them. And yes Ttobey, the Ostrich are close descendants of dinosaur which is evidenced by the eggs, which are sold if they have any available, they also sell the unbroken shells with the insides removed from eggs that did not hatch, they sell feather dusters of all sizes, they sell ostrich oil which is a good moisturizer, and ostrich jerky.

    Our next stop was The Ignite Sign Art Museum, in Tucson, Arizona. A man named Jude Cook started making signs over 40 years ago and opened a business in Iowa first and then moved to Tucson. He began collecting signs that were from shuttered businesses, signs that were broken, signs that were being upgraded or replaced, and a myriad of other reasons. His collection grew so large that it overwhelmed the outside areas behind his sign shop and began taking over inside and began spreading to his home, so he decided he had to do something, so he opened The Ignite Sign Art Museum. The signs are artfully displayed in vignettes, such as a dinner, a living room, the hardware store, a Texaco station, a Union 76 station, the Lyric Theater, the Molina's Midway Restaurant and the De Anza Drive In Theater. We saw the neon quack medical devices, Tucson iconic miniatures, the advertising clock, beer, alcohol and cigarette areas, the Retro Room, “NO Wall”, Johnie's diner ,store fronts along The Avenue, and quite a few interactive exhibits. The museum contains signs made of neon, hand painted, gold leaf, and tin. Their gift shop had some pretty cool stuff in it as well. Some signs, some neon, some books on signs, some books on how to restore signs and how to repair neon, some art, some jewelry, and a bunch of other stuff. Well worth the stop!! Good thing you are a sign fanatic Gero or I probably would not have scheduled this stop!!!

    Our last stop of the day was the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Our visit included a tour of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group Facility on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. This part of the tour is of the 4,000+ aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and several federal agencies including NASA in varying degrees of storage, being regenerated or recycled. It is awesome to see all of these aircraft in various states. The Pima Air and Space Museum itself, has 5 Hangers, The Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, The Dorothy Finley Space Gallery, The 390th Memorial Museum, and 80 acres with more than 150 planes on them, instead of doing the walking tour of the acreage, I scheduled us for the Tram Tour, it is in the Desert and it is Summer and it is triple digit heat!!! Instead of attempting to reinvent the wheel here, I will provide a link to their virtual tours which you can view to see exactly what we saw:

    https://pimaair.org/visit/exhibits-virtual-tours/

    This was a fantastic addition to our road trip!!!! I am glad we have our time delays set so long and that I decided to take advantage of that.

    Today, we visited Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock, Payson, Showlow/Lakeside, and Whiskey Row in Prescott. I will write those up tomorrow.

    I have scheduled cocktail hour for 6 pm and dinner for 7 pm at The Palace on Whiskey Row in Prescott which is the oldest Frontier Saloon opening in 1877. After dinner, we can visit the Treat Center on Courthouse Square. The sell homemade candy, fudge, ice cream, popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle, various other brittles, salt water taffy, you name it, if it is yummy, they make it and sell it!!!! Then we will port back to our hotel in Sedona for some rest and relaxation.

    Tomorrow, we will visit Florence, Arizona, Home of Arizona State Department of Corrections Death Row Unit where I was an Officer on Death Row and a Yard Dog the last 12 years of my career, and Bullhead City, Arizona which is on the opposite side of the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada, we can go on the paddle boats and visit the casinos, have a nice dinner and cocktails in Laughlin, Nevada.
  4. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    Cyrrena you have posted so many things to see I don't think I can add anything .
    I don't know if you covered this one
    in Phoenix : Yayoi Kusama " Firefly Infinity Mirror Room " in the Art Museum . the official name "You Who are getting Obliterated in the dancing swarm of Fireflies " sais it all .
    Kusamam
    the artist has to stay at a hospital in Japan for health reasons. She works out of the hospital and through her instructions
    created this work of creative and enchanting art . The effects are created with the use of mirrors and 250 dangling changing
    LED lights.
    " Her Secret is Patience " another striking piece of art created by light . this art installation is named after a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. the art is by Janet Echelman and is situated in the Civic Space Park.
    and the " Octobass " this is the biggest and lowest sounding string instrument in the world there were only 3 created to begin with. 2 still exist . there are some copies also around. this instrument is over 11 feet tall with a range so deep it goes below human hearing and only the vibrations can be felt . composers still create music that includes the Octobass .
    it can be found in the Musical Instrument Museum
  5. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    Stingrays (which can be petted, if you're careful and avoid near the base of the tail. Beautifully soft, most of them, not like sharks at all)! Antique sign jewelry! NASA anything! More hiking (thank the gods it's a dry heat [mmm...dry heat... :D])! And almost best of all...

    OCTOBASS! :D While I do get jealous of ordinary bass viols taking some of the more interesting parts away from sousaphones/upright BB♭ tubas (same instrument, basically, just differently configured ;->), I will admit the octo's have their uses...like, playing music only elephants can hear with their feet! :D

    Uwk
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  6. Geroblue Well-Known Member

    Airplanes and NASA vehicles ? I wonder if the early version of the shuttle is there. The DynaSoar. A lift body experiment.

    Or a DC-3. The workhorse airplane.

    After looking around for an hour or two, can't find any starships. Not even models. Oh well.
  7. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    stealth's through all rooms of the Summer road trip members and plunders the mini fridges. orange juice I's take that , I's just loves those little bottles with bubbly fruity juice too, it's makes me giggly.
    Last goes into Cyrrena's room and Breanna's " Is am hungry " calls room service and orders 10 peperoni pizzas
    and two dozen buffalo wings.
    Nobody is here wonder where"s they all went ?
    leaves behind some boxes in Cyrrena's room and a mess of crumbs on her bed .
    calls room service in Breanna's room and orders a gallon of chocolate chip chocolate ice cream.
    and some pig ears I's love the crunchy sweetness of those . Plops down on Breanna' s bed and watches the pay for view channel . oops I dropped some ice cream on her pillow . leaves behind a bunch of Champaign bottles in her whirlpool tub.
    This is boring let's see what Uwekete has in his fridge. Sneaks over to his room and slowly opens his door .
    yikes there is a putty cat here with green goop all over his face, a monster , runs screaming from the room .
  8. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    "Hey, hang on, Schmett, it's just me with an Avocado Face Scrub mask on..." /shrug

    Uwk starts trailing the scent of buffalo wings down the hall...after securing the room, of course. ;->

    Uwk
  9. Breanna Well-Known Member

    Breanna comes back to her room after her day at the spa and opens the door to find......
    Hey who's been sleeping in my bed? It must have been just right because I smell Pizza, and buffalo wings, and a hint of ice cream. And and .... someone's been eating my ice cream. O My!
  10. Cyrrena Well-Known Member

    Good Morning ROAD TRIPPERS!!!

    Sorry to be MIA for the last couple of days but that thing called IRL strikes again. The Spousal Unit received a call that his father is not going to live much longer and he is in England. He had a major aortic bleed a couple of weeks ago, a widowmaker is what they call it here, they did emergency surgery and said he was on the road to recovery. Apparently, Wednesday he began bleeding again and they cannot stop it, his sister and brother-in-law didn't think it important to notify him until Friday night. So we were trying to figure out what to do. I would have to take him to the British Consulate in San Francisco to get him a passport as his has expired, but, the big issue is he has not received his permanent visa so he is still on travel restriction, if he leaves the country, he cannot re-enter for a period of 10 years, if ever. So it is a big decision for him to make. I will never tell him not to go, in fact, I believe he should go, he only has one father. He has now decided he is not going to go to England, I told him that while I want him here, I think he is making a mistake and should return to England. So anyway, that is why I have been MIA. But since he is stubborn, he will not change his mind so I must return to my normal life. So lets finish our last day on the SUMMER ROAD TRIP 2019 with a BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Today I figured just a fun day!! So I set our time delays really long since its a late start outside, but inside its breakfast. Our first stop will be the OdySea Aquarium and Sea Life Center. After that, I thought you might like to visit the Arizona Science Centre, then the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the Crayola Experience. Then some sun, sand, and water, with a visit to Big Surf and then Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, so make sure to bring your beach type outfits and waterpark clothes, Big Surf is the ocean in the desert, it is a wave park, there is hot sand and an ocean front with a wave wall so people can surf and things they do at the beach and that sand gets HOT, so have something to cover your little feet!!!!

    I have scheduled cocktail hour for 7 pm and dinner for 8 pm at Café 87 at the Fort McDowell Casino which is on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation which is part of the Yavapai Nation. They have a very nice room set up for us so that our photographers and videographers can present the highlights of our SUMMER ROAD TRIP 2019. Then we will port back to our hotel in Sedona for the last time. *sniffles*

    I sure will miss all of you. It seems like a very long time until the SPRING ROAD TRIP 2020 (by Airship). Don't forget to get your lists together of places you would like to visit so I can put together an itinerary for the trip. Also if you still want the MINI FALL ROAD TRIP 2019 which would be 3-7 days at most let me know and let me know what would be the best time for you all. That would be our trip to Texas since we cut that out of our SUMMER ROAD TRIP as there was to much to see and do in Texas alone.
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  11. Geroblue Well-Known Member

    Ice cream chest loading. It is loaded. Name a flavor, open door, flavor is there. Close door for next person.

    And Good Luck to you and your Spousal Unit.
  12. Breanna Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry Cyrrena for your problems. I will have you and your spousal unit in my prayers :(
  13. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    yes he will regret it down the road my husband for sure did and he had 2 years when I told him to go and see his mother
    so when my mother got sick he was all over me and I got to see her one last time a year before she died , and it made things so much easier for me. when she did die.
  14. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    Is San Francisco the closest Consulate to where you guys are currently? And is it our bonehead State Dept. that is ditzing around, holding up his permanent visa? :(

    Uwk
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  15. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    grrrrrrrrr


    don't forget our little Fall Days trip to Texas , Cyrrena , unless you rather don't do it .
  16. Cyrrena Well-Known Member

    It is Homeland Security. The waits are tremendously long.
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  17. Cyrrena Well-Known Member

    Yes I figured our MINI FALL ROAD TRIP 2019 would be 3-7 days at most and would be Texas only since you did so much research and found so much to see and do. I just need a time frame that works for the most people and how long you would like it to be!!! I am always up for a ROAD TRIP!!!
  18. Geroblue Well-Known Member

    To help you all cool off, that are enduring the summer heat.

    I write this long ago and far away. Some Poetic License is taken with science in this. The Heinlein reference is to his story 'And he Built a Crooked House'.

    Its called 'Skating'.

    A figure skates past the window,
    the lawn is not frozen.
    Where oh where,
    could the ice be,
    that supports yon skater ?

    'Tis Spring,
    on the Gulf Coast,
    no indoor rink is nearby that skater !

    Maybe its the _thought_ of thick ice,
    that makes those jumps seem so well done.
    But not bar-be-qued !

    Or maybe a thin film of helium ice,
    lurks just below the suface of the ground.
    What else could be holding up that skater,
    cutting divots that look like a tesseract,
    out there on the lawn.

    My House isn't Crooked,
    nor RAH's.

    Its only two floors,
    and the windows don't let out onto the Joshua Tree Forest,
    I think.
  19. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    Oh gods, figures. X-P

    Uwk
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  20. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    And you thought figure-8s were hard enough, try carving a cube-within-a-cube on skates! :D

    Uwk
    who has to wonder: what does letting out onto Joshua Tree Forest (or not) have to do with skating on -- hmm. Are they ice skates or in-line roller skates (and what the heck is the skater doing on YOUR lawn?! That's trespassing, that is!)? /ponder

    Waitaminute...that would be a heck of a bit of folded space, if you're on the Gulf Coast pondering if you're overlooking Joshua Tree, which is in the Southwest (and BTW, it's "Joshua Tree National Park," not "National Forest"...there IS a difference ;->)

    EDIT: OH!! Okay, now I get it... ;->

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/"—And_He_Built_a_Crooked_House—"
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